BTC Cup Win Makes Seamus Famous

Famous Seamus was successful at $21 in the Group 1 BTC Cup at Doomben while Smokin' Joey at $41 was too good in the Group 1 Goodwood at Morphettville; neither horse had the right credentials to be winning but both proved the 'glorious uncertainty of racing'. Famous Seamus could only manage to run fifth of nine behind Temple Of Boom at his previous start in the Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm a fortnight earlier when he was beaten just under three lengths; Famous Seamus had also not run a place in two attempts at Doomben so it was difficult to see him winning. However Famous Seamus had no trouble defeating those that beat him in the Victory as well as the odds-on favourite Buffering; it was a great result for Ryan Wiggins who chalked-up a treble with this win and for trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith.

Buffering was in trouble from the moment the barriers opened; after dwelling slightly at the start Buffering failed to muster his usual speed and he was forced to sit outside leader Tiger Tees. Buffering reached the lead early in the straight but Famous Seamus soon had his measure; Buffering showed his usual courage to be beaten only 1.3 lengths but he is not yet racing at his best. Still Buffering is too good a horse to be dismissing from the Doomben 10,000. The 'Boom Brothers' Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom had not won a race at Doomben in seventeen attempts between them before Saturday and although they both appeared winning chances in the run they both kept their losing sequence at Doomben intact.

The win of Smokin' Joey in the Goodwood was an even bigger boilover; despite the fact he raced very well at Flemington during the Spring Carnival Smokin' Joey's subsequent form in terms of winning a Group 1 was abysmal. Smokin' Joey ran last in the Railway Stakes at Ascot as favourite before he resumed with an eighth of nine at Caulfield; Smokin' Joey then ran last at Flemington, third to Spacecraft and Adamantium at Flemington and sixth to Sistine Demon on a slow track in the Victoria Handicap at Caulfield beaten over seven lengths. From five previous attempts on a wet track Smokin' Joey had managed one second while he had recorded one win from ten attempts at 1200 metres; Wez Hunter trained his first Group 1 winner with Smokin' Joey while it was also a great result for Ben Melham at his first day back-riding after injury.

Platelet looked all over a winner when she dashed to the front in the straight; Smokin' Joey was too good on the day but unlike Smokin' Joey Platelet is one of the most consistent horses to race in Australia in recent times. After winning last year's Robert Sangster and Goodwood Platelet returned this year to defend her crown and only Driefontein in the Sangster and Smokin' Joey in the Goodwood had her measure; Platelet's career record now stands at nine wins, eight seconds and five thirds from twenty-seven starts and she is a winning chance in every race she contests. Riziz is another very honest sprinter and he battled-on very well in the straight to finish third.

Brazen Beau was very impressive winning the Group 2 Champagne Classic for two year olds at Doomben; after winning a maiden at Canterbury in great style Brazen Beau struggled on a slow track behind Alpha Miss at Warwick Farm in March. Having his first start since then Brazen Beau was put into a perfect position by Nash Rawiller before he launched his winning run early in the straight; Looks Like The Cat and Shaumari both battled-on well to finish second and third but Brazen Beau looks a potential top-liner and he will continue to be very competitive in Brisbane especially if the tracks are not rain-affected.

The Group 3 Rough Habit Plate for three year olds over 2000 metres was won in strong style by Amexed; the Tony Gollan-trained Amexed showed promise last preparation without winning a race. Amexed was an easy winner of a Sunshine Coast maiden over 1600 metres at his previous start but it was still a big jump in class into the Rough Habit; the filly Telepathic challenged strongly in the straight but Amexed was too good and he is a genuine winning chance in the Grand Prix and Queensland Derby.

New Zealander Telepathic did well at her first Australian start and she is sure to be competitive in her races up to and including the Queensland Oaks. Fellow-Kiwi Glorious Lad didn't have a lot of luck at the top of the straight but it is doubtful that it was the difference between winning and losing. The favourite Pheidon was disappointing and he appears to have come to the end of a long and successful campaign.


1 - Bomber Brown -
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3 I'm Fearsome Pinstripe Lane -
4 - - Brazen Beau
5 By The Grace
Search Squad
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6 General Peekay Zephyron Amexed
7 - Forster -
8 Henwood
Tried And Tired
As Needed -